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We Need a Word For It

Dear Friend and Reader:

FOR LANGAUGE-OBSESSED GEMINI-TYPES everywhere, a beautiful book exists called There’s a Word For It. It’s a 300-page glossary of rarely-used and little-known words that stand for specific concepts.

I checked the book this morning and I don’t think there’s a word for what Thursday’s New Moon describes, though. Today at about 8:38 am, there was a conjunction between the Moon, Venus and the Sun in Gemini.

Artemis in her expression as Luna passed between the Earth and the Sun (the New Moon), just as Venus passed behind the Sun, forming what is called the exterior or superior conjunction. (The interior or inferior conjunction happens when Venus passes between the Earth and the Sun.)

For this event, the Sun in (theoretically) masculine Gemini was soaked in feminine energy — what you might think of as the solar feminine. Really, Gemini in any form is bivalent, whether it represents the brothers, the sisters or the lovers.

Whatever manifests in Gemini will multiply, and also insinuate its opposite. When Venus is involved, we have sensory input, and psychic sensitivity perched on the imaginary line between the mind and the feelings.

The word I’m looking for is something akin to “emotional intelligence,” however, that means many things to many people. I may end up coming back to this concept in some form, since it deserves some clarification and could be a useful concept.

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Planet Waves Weekly for June 6, 2024 by Eric Francis

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — Thursday’s glorious New Moon in Gemini is an invitation to far greater possibilities than you’ve considered at any time recently. A shadow that has lingered over your consciousness for quite a while — potentially for years — has been dispelled by the light. So much that seemed to bind you to irrational fears has given way to a sense of what you want for yourself. However, though anything is possible, align yourself with what you truly desire the most. This is calling for an evaluation: a true self-inquiry into what you both desire and need at this time in your growth. Do not judge on the basis of the past. Start with exactly where you are right now, and let that be the point of orientation. You can get anywhere from here, as long as you know exactly where ‘here’ is. Open your eyes and look around. Check the calendar. Check your map.


Cancer (June 21-July 22) — The Sun’s movement through late Gemini can set you on edge, though at the moment that can be the edge of your imagination. To really dream is to allow yourself to be pushed out of your comfort zone. Currently it’s as if your interior space is filling up with energy, to the point where you feel you may burst. You will not; you have plenty of strength and can allow yourself to stretch. Allow yourself to accept — even if it’s only for a moment here, and a moment there — that anything is possible. Accept that you can set yourself free from the ideas that constrain you — one of which is that survival is your primary goal. You are free to have that thought, and it certainly can rule your mind. Yet if you allow that, then survival is what you will get. Open up to the possibilities: they are real and they are abundant.

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Mars Conjunct Chiron & ‘Toxic Masculinity’

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TODAY, OUR NEARBY PLANETARY neighbor Mars is aligned with Chiron, the holistic planet of healing. The Mars-Chiron conjunction happens about once every two years, so while it occurs regularly, it’s a meaningful aspect.

This time around, it’s happening in Aries. This is the third of three Mars-Chiron conjunctions while Chiron is in Aries (approximately 2018 through approximately 2025). Other factors are ramping up the significance of today’s meeting, including Chiron and Eris about to make their extremely rare conjunction in 2025.

Mars is typically associated with attributes of maleness, which are under extreme duress here in our polarized moment, infused with gender rage. But everyone has Mars in their chart and in their psyche. You get the choice whether to own it, or project it onto others.

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Planet Waves Weekly for May 30, 2024 by Eric Francis

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — You have a special — or rather, distinct — mission in the lives of certain people around you, though it’s best not to think too much about it. The essence is that these days, you’re serving as a catalyst for healing. And that’s especially strong right now, which may account for any strange reactions that you’re getting from certain people. It’s vitally important that you not push any issues, or strive for any results. Under the current astrology, you have more impact than you think, and it can be piercing. This is why it will help to let your presence do most of the work, speak in a calm tone of voice, and strive to do no harm. You may serve as a catalyst but you don’t need to push it. Your superpowers of thought, language and imagery are at their best.


Cancer (June 21-July 22) — It may seem as if the lights have come on deep within your mind, revealing just how far the interior of your consciousness extends. However, here is one secret to understanding your birth sign or rising sign: in that space of inner awareness, there are many forms of mirrors facing into one another. No other sign has this property, and if you meditate on this idea, it may help you figure out why you had certain experiences, or perceived yourself in the ways that you did. The mirror effect is not merely an illusion. It’s a form of self-awareness (potentially the origin of self-conscious thought), though it’s much more helpful if you know that you’re experiencing reflections and not seeing “someone else” or “some other situation.” For a while, take the bold step of fully owning the contents of your mind and your feelings. It presents definite challenges (it’s not easy), but you have the opportunity to learn something that might only happen once in many lifetimes.

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Planet Waves Monthly for June 2024 by Eric Francis

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — For the first time since mid-2012, Jupiter is about to return to your birth sign. This will last a year. Not only that, Jupiter arrives with Venus, and recently (as you may know) the small, strange, and meaningful planet Sedna arrived in your sign for the first time in 11,400 years. And while we are at it, so too did the comet (now classified as a Chiron-like centaur planet) Oterma, named for its discoverer — the first Finnish woman to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy. These minor planets might be subtle influences on an ordinary day, but when they are joined by the giant Jupiter and sensitive, gift-bearing Venus, you know something special is going on. There is a positive message here for everyone, though a special message for you. And that is to put your faith in the unlikely, the unseen and the unknown. In times of crisis, people tend to stick to what is familiar to them, to existing expectations and what they had in the past. These aspects describe a new life dawning for you, with possibilities you’ve never dreamed of. Yet you must stay tuned to your subtle senses and your inner being. The information you need to navigate this new territory will not appear on an app. I recognize that in 2024, “subtle senses and inner being” verges on meaningless for most people, but it cannot be for you. Yet to experience these things involves entering (or re-entering) human territory that has been rendered wholly unfamiliar and invisible by the digital environment. And you are being given tools to find your way into yourself. There and only there is where the real information is.


Cancer (June 21-July 22) — If change comes from within, you’re in the process of experiencing the dawning of a new world — and a newfound sense of purpose. Your mind is becoming a different place, with different properties and facets of awareness you’ve never noticed. Think of it as an expansion of the range of your senses, though not the normal ones. I’m doing my best to describe inner senses, and inner awareness, in a world where these aspects of consciousness have become difficult for nearly everyone to access; and impossible or unheard of for most others. Yet you are being granted access to your full spectrum of introspection and intuition. A portal is opening into what Jung called your “individual unconscious,” which in turn opens to the collective unconscious — a realm we all share and that few notice. Here is the challenge: this may, for some, be overwhelming. Some may think this is amazing and beautiful; for others it will be too much pressure. So part of your challenge is learning where the valve is; which is to say, learning how to decrease the flow. That, and learning how to process the information. At this time above many others, avoiding or eliminating mood-altering substances is important. This applies equally to those with Cancer rising and the Moon in Cancer. It will be challenging enough sorting out what is real from what is not; what is true from what is false; what material is yours and what belongs to others. There has never (and I use that word cautiously) been a time when self-awareness in inner reflexiveness was more vital than now.

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Core organizers of Raise the Consciousness at SUNY Purchase make good use of a classroom after hours. All photos in this series are by Eric Francis.

The Second Awakening

At SUNY Purchase earlier this week, I gave a talk on the history of student organizing in New York State, and how students got the SUNY system to divest from the South African apartheid government in 1985. It’s more interesting than you may think.

Dear Friend and Reader:

FOR THOSE WONDERING why I’m jumping up and down at the awakening happening on campuses, it’s not just nostalgia. Anyone calling for peace and objecting to war deserves to be listened to. Every day, student protesters are making certain important matters of our time a little more accessible to common thought and speech.

Many people are looking around these days for portents of awakening. Students rumbling to life and opposing war is written in my soul as a signpost to a better future. Students are supposed to be intelligent. Unless we’ve given up entirely on the notion that the university is a place where smart people come to learn rather than just go into debt, we now have a little evidence that may actually be true.

I realize not everyone agrees that the purpose of education is to rebel in some way. Most are happy with the indoctrination model. However, I would put that to you as a question. What is learning, except for a revolt against the incorrect or the unknown — which is quest for experience to establish new knowledge. It doesn’t always look like what normally happens in a lecture hall.

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Planet Waves Weekly for May 16, 2024 by Eric Francis

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — While some signs are famous for their spendthrift qualities (Aquarius, for example), Taurus is (or should be) famous for not spending enough to get the job done. I’m not talking about wasting money but rather having the right budget to get the result that you want. Planets are now collecting in Gemini, which is your money house. The presence of Gemini here suggests that you are often split in your priorities about what you want to do, and that you may hold out for secret alternative plans for which you want to be ready. I suggest you get those out of the way and proceed with one plan for one goal that you want to attain. I think you have enough financial resources to make it happen. Many things don’t require money and can go a long way on talent and the products of your luminous, overactive mind. Settle down and pluck the gems from the stream of your ideas. Feel good about the possibilities you have, and remember that every substitute is a poor substitute.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) — Your life is changing in many ways, and one example is how your social circle is rearranging itself. There is one thing you don’t like, which is to be unpopular. However, this sometimes keeps you from being real. You are excellent at gliding along the surface of social interactions and you know when to do your disappearing act. However, current aspects and placements are urging you to be somewhat more self-assertive and take the risk of pissing people off — not for its own sake, but because “polite company” is no excuse for you not to be real. Thankfully you have an excellent sense of humor and retain your persuasive charisma nearly all the time. So you more than most people can afford to be a little gritty and sand the varnish off of things that you can see and that other people find aggravating. One role of those born under your sign is to speak for the collective, which is not something you need to do consciously. Rather, you seem to open your mouth and randomly blurt out what everyone already knows but is afraid to utter.

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Encampment at SUNY New Paltz in upstate New York on Wednesday, May 1, the day it was created. Photo by Michelle and Karma.

Of Sophomores and Storm Troopers

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MARS IS NOW IN ARIES, which has been the scene of so much drama the past few months. The total solar eclipse conjunct Chiron of April 8 (just over a month ago), and the recent Mercury retrograde in Aries have stirred and awakened the natives.

Mercury’s retrograde path has involved three conjunctions to Chiron, and three to Eris (the last one is coming up). This astrology burns hot with awakening, to the degree where either one must act on it or go deeper into sleep.

The April 8 total solar eclipse conjunct self-actualizing hyper-aware Chiron, witnessed by millions, certainly seems to have shocked some people into their senses.

And now Mars has arrived and is about to trace all those steps. It will soon cross the North Node, the eclipse degree, and then Chiron, and then Eris — pushing the issues with greater focus. We are seeing a response in the outer world as the protests and mass arrests. Yet for any of this to really matter, it must be internalized. The lesson must go inward rather than just being acted outward.

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Planet Waves Weekly for May 9, 2024 by Eric Francis

Aries (March 20-April 19) — Mars in your sign is serving as a confidence-building exercise. How that might develop is being shown all the ways that you fall short on faith in yourself and in your abilities. You might have missed these otherwise, as you do a great job of faking it when you have to. You will feel a lot better when you can connect to your core trust in yourself and what you’re capable of, as this will clear away several sources of anxiety that only get in your way. Yet you will feel like you’re flying into a head wind for a while, as over the next couple of weeks, Mars in your sign makes conjunctions to the North Node, Chiron and Eris, each of which contains much personal information about your relationship to yourself. Rise to each challenge cheerfully and with the willingness to learn, and you will be shown all that you need to know.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — Venus traveling through your sign wants to think that everything is just right and good enough — the ultimate goal of any Taurus. However, you’re about to have one of your occasional shakeups and decide there is nothing you want more than change. So relax and enjoy the relative calm, and then don’t be surprised when you’re seized by an idea and the sudden impulse to make it happen. You’ve been working up to this ability for a while, and it must come as a great relief to discover that you’re capable of being spontaneous. True creative freedom with your own life requires the ability to do what you want when you want it — within the bounds of this world, or jumping over them somewhat. People around you will be happy to see that you’re giving yourself some room to play and explore. Do something for yourself, with yourself and nobody else — then next time maybe invite company.

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Encampment at SUNY New Paltz in upstate New York on Wednesday, May 1, the day it was created. Photo by Michelle and Karma.

American Spring

Dear Friend and Reader:

FOR THE FIRST TIME in many years, antiwar protests have spread among college and university campuses in the United States. I don’t remember this happening in all the time I’ve been covering student activism in all of its forms since around 1983.

In that era, there were anti-apartheid protests, though they were limited in scope and focused on specific targets like boards of trustees, who controlled where universities invested. This also worked with towns, cities, states and corporations.

And we are seeing them again — only being sold with a spin. Pres. Biden Thursday morning fully endorsed a crackdown against the “violent extremists pushing anti Semitism and foreign ideologies.”

Planet Waves has visited three of these protests, at Columbia University — the epicenter — as well as a state school called the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, and at SUNY New Paltz, an upstate campus. This article contains reports from all three.

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Planet Waves Weekly for May 2, 2024 by Eric Francis

Aries (March 20-April 19) — Orient your psychic state around what you think people think of you and you’ll discover a formula for misery. State that in a succinct and original way, you can get a patent and make a lot of money. However, you’ve got something much better going on, which is a formula for true contentment. There are two facets: one is living with uncertainty, and the other is trusting yourself in the midst of movement and rapid change. You might think that self-trust is about believing everything you think. (That’s better for forming a cult.) Trusting yourself is like surfing or riding a skateboard: a constant, and verging on unconscious, process of adjusting your balance from instant to instant. Drift off and you can wash out; disconnect from your senses and you’ll wind up on the ground or in the water. Stay connected to yourself and you’ll discover how beautiful and how valuable you and your ideas are. To that end, one good question is worth far more than a thousand flimsy answers.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — To find out how much of what shapes your character is an external idea imposed upon you, you’ll need to become something of a rebel. That merely means doing what you want because it’s what you want to do. Experimenting with small choices will teach you a lot: doing something interesting after work instead of going right home, or leaving the house early and meeting up with someone before your scheduled day gets started. These experiments can include feeling what you feel instead of stuffing it. You will know you’re succeeding when you get to the guilt barrier: that thorny, internal zone where you get caught in emotional brambles or barbed wire. You can turn back, or you can get the machete or bolt cutter out, chop and clip your way through, and find out what’s on the other side. Anyone who impregnated your mind with such a boundary didn’t want you to go in there, but it’s the only way to discover what you need to know.

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Sedna in Gemini: Frontier of a Question

Dear Friend and Reader:

WE ARE PAST THE TWO HISTORIC CONJUNCTIONS of April, the total eclipse conjunct Chiron in Aries; and the alignment of Jupiter and Uranus in Taurus. I’ve raised a ruckus about these events like no other, and today would like to return to events in the air signs.

Because the events of April were conjunctions, they represented the beginnings of cycles, which will extend far into the future. There’s nothing like a widely visible solar eclipse conjunct a high-potency planet to say hello, you’re in new territory.

Now we get to discover what that’s about. On Sunday, the distant planet Sedna (discovered 2003) enters Gemini after being in Taurus since 1966.

Of the 1960s, The Eagles famously wrote, “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.” Except for people who carry the astrology of that era in their natal charts, the sign-change of Sedna is an important defining placement of the ‘60s finally giving way to the future

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Planet Waves Monthly for May by Eric Francis

Aries (March 20-April 19) — Proceed with the utmost care financially. A situation seems like it may be of great promise — and that could be true, yet your life is about much more. This is the time to stand back and understand your existence in the context of something much greater than yourself, and yet still keep sight of who you are becoming. That ‘who’ is unlike any other in the world for all eternity, though that’s more than most people are comfortable with. Allow this to be a time of discovering your profound and distinct truth, and give yourself permission to live for who you are in the time that you’re alive — a phase of history like no other. Any opportunity you see is not only likely to stick around for a while; the chances are your ability to take advantage of it will improve over the coming weeks and months, giving you plenty of time to assess your situation. Invest your time and energy into learning, discovery and reading the fine print. Get in the habit of being able to argue three sides of any position and you will do amazing.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) — Benefits of the extraordinary astrology of the past month are starting to arrive, timed beautifully with Venus arriving in your birth sign. Yet receiving them is calling on you to do something that’s usually challenging for you, which is to be a different person every day. I know it seems trite; we’ve all heard it from members of the Program and seen it on little plaques in souvenir shops: live one day at a time. This translates to several different skills, one of which is hanging loose. Going with the flow and scaling back your expectations are helpful approaches, though they tend to make you nervous. You might discover that’s about a form of make-believe control that only seemed to work for you in the past, but is wholly unsuited for your current ‘expect the unexpected’ moment. Life has been trying to get your attention this way for a while, and in hindsight you may discover that any time something went well, it was outside of your seeming control or influence. The one thing you can do as a conscious act is allow yourself to relax a little. You can take risks in the form of experimenting with things where the outcome is uncertain. You can accept that people will see you how they see you no matter how much work you put into your appearance. Control is not the problem; that’s like steering a car in traffic, maintaining the right speed and watching the road. The illusion of control is the problem you’re grappling with.

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Ashokan Reservoir spillway, April 17, 2024. Photo by Eric Francis. More details at bottom.

Pin in Map: Jupiter Conjunct Uranus

Dear Friend and Reader:

I READ A WEEL AGO IN the New York Post’s astrology column (not its horoscope, they have both) that after the April 8 eclipse, the drama is not over — we still have the “even bigger” Jupiter-Uranus conjunction of April 20.

Jupiter is pretty big and Uranus can shake a mountain. The conjunction between the two of them is a 13-year event, and it’s described in exuberant terms by Richard Tarnas in his book Prometheus the Awakener.

I don’t have the book (about Uranus) handy, but back when things meant something, Jupiter meeting up with Uranus in this way signified meetings between great people, creative and technological breakthroughs and spontaneous moments of revelation and discovery.

Today, you could discover the ultimate secret to the universe, get distracted, click on a cool-looking banner and forget what it was.

Pay attention to who you meet these days. Pay attention to what begins. Never sign your life away — leave room for the unexpected (Uranus) and for learning and growth (Jupiter). There is more to come.

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Planet Waves Weekly for April 11, 2024 by Eric Francis

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — You are getting a glimpse of your potential — both creative and financial, and for that matter, how much fun you can have succeeding in what you do. Yet you must consider yourself worthy of such good fortune, which is about more than the words you say; and more than your opinion. What you must cultivate is a core of existence — your life is your own. You determine the meaning of who you are and what you do. Only you can consent or compromise, and only you can claim yourself back from any prior agreement to do so. We might ask why this seems so challenging and complicated. The best answer I can give is that getting this straight involves grappling with issues at the center of physical existence: your autonomy and self-determination, and how you define your relationship to everything larger than yourself. Please make no mistake here: that is up to you, and if it has not been, make it so from this moment forward.

Aries (March 20-April 19) — Proceed with the utmost care financially. A situation seems like it may be of great promise — and that could be true, yet your life is about much more. This is the time to stand back and understand your existence in the context of something much greater than yourself, and yet still keep sight of who you are becoming. That ‘who’ is unlike any other in the world for all eternity, though that’s more than most people are comfortable with. Allow this to be a time of discovering your profound and distinct truth, and give yourself permission to live for who you are in the time that you’re alive — a phase of history like no other. Any opportunity you see is not only likely to stick around for a while; the chances are your ability to take advantage of it will improve over the coming weeks and months, giving you plenty of time to assess your situation. Invest your time and energy into learning, discovery and reading the fine print. Get in the habit of being able to argue three sides of any position and you will do amazing.

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Planet Waves Weekly for April 11, 2024 by Eric Francis

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — You are getting a glimpse of your potential — both creative and financial, and for that matter, how much fun you can have succeeding in what you do. Yet you must consider yourself worthy of such good fortune, which is about more than the words you say; and more than your opinion. What you must cultivate is a core of existence — your life is your own. You determine the meaning of who you are and what you do. Only you can consent or compromise, and only you can claim yourself back from any prior agreement to do so. We might ask why this seems so challenging and complicated. The best answer I can give is that getting this straight involves grappling with issues at the center of physical existence: your autonomy and self-determination, and how you define your relationship to everything larger than yourself. Please make no mistake here: that is up to you, and if it has not been, make it so from this moment forward.

Aries (March 20-April 19) — Proceed with the utmost care financially. A situation seems like it may be of great promise — and that could be true, yet your life is about much more. This is the time to stand back and understand your existence in the context of something much greater than yourself, and yet still keep sight of who you are becoming. That ‘who’ is unlike any other in the world for all eternity, though that’s more than most people are comfortable with. Allow this to be a time of discovering your profound and distinct truth, and give yourself permission to live for who you are in the time that you’re alive — a phase of history like no other. Any opportunity you see is not only likely to stick around for a while; the chances are your ability to take advantage of it will improve over the coming weeks and months, giving you plenty of time to assess your situation. Invest your time and energy into learning, discovery and reading the fine print. Get in the habit of being able to argue three sides of any position and you will do amazing.

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AI rendering of total solar eclipse. On our planet anyway, it’s not possible for a solar eclipse to be visible so close to the horizon.

Of Chiron, Eris and Monday’s Eclipse

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MONDAY AFTERNOON, THE MOON WILL PASS directly under the Sun, casting a shadow on the Earth. There are many kinds of solar eclipses; total solar eclipses are somewhat rare. Monday is distinctive because the shadow will be cast across the United States. For about four minutes, day will turn to night.

This is a total solar eclipse crossing a significant landmass in the continental U.S. for only the second time in history — and the path is through a much more populated region than the 2017 total solar eclipse in Leo (then called the Great American Eclipse). Many major cities are in the path of totality. The path will be much wider and the eclipse will last much longer.

This will be primal and maybe life-changing for those who see it: a direct experience of planetary life that cannot be dismissed as a psychological operation, a staged false-flag or computer-generated graphic. Something that nobody can control will happen.

For our era of history, that’s unusual. And people are flocking to it. Erie County, New York (home of Buffalo, population about 280,000) is expecting a million visitors and has made emergency plans. (Contrary to rumors, a state of emergency was not declared in advance. But officials there, and I’m sure elsewhere, are setting up emergency operations.)

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Planet Waves Weekly for April 4, 2024 by Eric Francis

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — You are getting a glimpse of your potential — both creative and financial, and for that matter, how much fun you can have succeeding in what you do. Yet you must consider yourself worthy of such good fortune, which is about more than the words you say; and more than your opinion. What you must cultivate is a core of existence — your life is your own. You determine the meaning of who you are and what you do. Only you can consent or compromise, and only you can claim yourself back from any prior agreement to do so. We might ask why this seems so challenging and complicated. The best answer I can give is that getting this straight involves grappling with issues at the center of physical existence: your autonomy and self-determination, and how you define your relationship to everything larger than yourself. Please make no mistake here: that is up to you, and if it has not been, make it so from this moment forward.

Aries (March 20-April 19) — Proceed with the utmost care financially. A situation seems like it may be of great promise — and that could be true, yet your life is about much more. This is the time to stand back and understand your existence in the context of something much greater than yourself, and yet still keep sight of who you are becoming. That ‘who’ is unlike any other in the world for all eternity, though that’s more than most people are comfortable with. Allow this to be a time of discovering your profound and distinct truth, and give yourself permission to live for who you are in the time that you’re alive — a phase of history like no other. Any opportunity you see is not only likely to stick around for a while; the chances are your ability to take advantage of it will improve over the coming weeks and months, giving you plenty of time to assess your situation. Invest your time and energy into learning, discovery and reading the fine print. Get in the habit of being able to argue three sides of any position and you will do amazing.

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Beyond the Tatters: The Springtime of Our Lives

Dear Friend and Reader:

I‘M NOT SURE HOW TO GET THROUGH THE COLLECTIVE AMNESIA of the past four years. I never really know how to speak to the trauma, collective and individual, that was inflicted on us.

I’m not sure I want to be the one who adds up the costs we have all paid, the love lost, the terror of ourselves and one another inflicted, and the trust squandered. The children told they would kill their grandparents. Relatives excluded from the holiday table, or the family itself. And the general disruption of relationships and tradition that has the mark of an invading army, determined to conquer society.

Consider how many people today say they have no friends, and how many only have friends in remote cities they keep in touch with via the internet.

Consider the people who have observed the many signs that we’ve experienced something planned, scripted and orchestrated, but who won’t let themselves believe that it was anything other than unfortunate random events.

Were we not still dragging all of this stuff around, the astrology of April would be more meaningful — and to you, it may be. I am reluctant to hype this event and to raise expectations.

But I’ve never seen anything quite like these events, and this is the most interesting eclipse I’ve seen since the one on Aug. 11, 1999 (my first article about this was called Thinking of You on Judgment Day. Yet instead of “the great king of terror” coming from the sky (as Nostradamus predicted, apparently referencing the Cassini mission to Saturn), we will meet the teacher of healing himself, Chiron.

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Planet Waves Monthly for April, 2024 by Eric Francis

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Accomplish by creativity, stealth and shapeshifting what you cannot do by force. To that end, proceed slowly and gently, and pay close attention to your surroundings. Make yourself noticeable in only the ways you want to be noticed; practice selective dispensing of information. Spin everything consciously to create the image that will be useful to you, and gently work your way through resistance and obstacles. Persistence rather than aggression is your friend. Translate feelings of impatience into something tangible, which are the series of steps you will need to take to get from where you are today to where you want to be. The worst judgments are your own self-judgments; this is not easy to master in a world that seems to deal out harsh opinions on a moment-to-moment basis, though they cannot stick to you if you do not agree. The unusual sequence of events that span the incomparable month of April 2024 take you through some strange inner territory as the world goes through its upheavals. Whatever your outer circumstances may be, how you regard yourself is the defining factor in nearly any outcome. The concept of “enemy” really means “inner persecutor.” At the moment you’re going through a profound rite of passage in the realm of experience known today as self-respect or self-esteem. This involves understanding all facets of the value that you put upon yourself. There will be problems that money can solve, and I suggest you resist the temptation to take that approach. Stick to what is right and true.

Aries (March 20-April 19) — It’s not merely that this will be one of the most unusual months of your life so far. Rather, you are entering a phase of existence – lasting years – that will stand apart from anything you’ve experienced before. Yet despite the extraordinary astrology, the message of your charts is about doing the work of self-actualization. This concept is all but omitted from the world, except for my going on about it. If you are in any way struggling, the question is: are you being real with yourself? Related questions include: are you being true to your healing process? Do you compromise your values because you’re in a relationship with another person? The simplest way to describe self-actualization is to recognize that your relationship to yourself is your one and only priority in this world. The condition of other relationships are expressions of your commitment to your own being. It may seem like something else is true — and I would say that all of that “something else” is a distraction from your core mission. This is not about being narcissistic or egocentric. Those things deny the existence of others, and the various roles that you serve for people and that they serve for you. Yet you must have a point of orientation from which you can define “self” and “other.” If you find this difficult, take solace that many are in your situation. Very few take action, which means to actualize, which means making decisions based on honest perception. And that is the theme of the moment.

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  1. Namaste from India,
    I am Dinesh Sharma and I am a professional astrologer, practising in Vedic Astrology since last twenty six years ……… I am always looking for similar people and I always try to know new things ……. I am very happy to see your work here ….. Best wishes for more success and escalated heights ……..

    Regards,
    Dinesh Sharma

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